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INVINCIBLE

Where Are They Now?
It seems that much of Vince Papale's life has been spent inspiring the hopes and dreams of others. Having started with a first career as a teacher, he then went on to the unexpected NFL career depicted in INVINCIBLE—becoming the most unlikely rookie without a college football background ever to play the game. More recently, he has worked in higher education as a marketing executive with Sallie Mae, traveling the East Coast, helping young students to fulfill their college ambitions by offering advice on financial assistance.

Papale also recently survived a battle with colorectal cancer, an experience that led him to another unexpected career—this time as an impassioned national spokesperson for cancer prevention. He also donates time to a number of charities focused on helping cancer patients, including the Philadelphia Eagles' Fly For Leukemia. Making his home in Cherry Hill, N.J., Papale lives with his wife, Janet, a former member of the USA World Gymnastics Team, and their two school-age children. They are the only married couple to have been inducted individually into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2006, Dick Vermeil announced his retirement from football after 15 seasons as a head NFL coach, most recently with the Kansas City Chiefs. During his career, Vermeil etched his name amongst some of the NFL's coaching elite in 2003, when he became one of just five head coaches in league history to take three different teams to the playoffs.

Vermeil's lasting contributions to the game of football date back far longer than his tenure in pro football, which began in '69. He owns the rare distinction of being named Coach of the Year on four levels: high school, junior college, NCAA Division I and the NFL. Vermeil is also just one of four coaches in NFL history to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl: first Philadelphia in Super Bowl XV and then St. Louis (to a win) in Super Bowl XXXIV. Nineteen years after winning the NFL Coach of the Year honor for the initial time with the '80 Philadelphia Eagles, Vermeil was once again honored as the NFL's Coach of the Year following the '99 season with St. Louis and was a consensus Coach of the Year selection among pro football publications and by virtually every major event in the country, including Kansas City's own 101 Banquet.

After his seven seasons with the Eagles, from '76-82, Vermeil engineered four Philadelphia playoff appearances. Vermeil began a 14-year broadcasting career, serving as an NFL and college football analyst for CBS and ABC from '83-96. In addition to being the only head coach to lead his team to victories in both the Super Bowl and the Rose Bowl, he is also the only individual to coach a team in the Rose Bowl and later broadcast a Rose Bowl contest. Vermeil and his wife, Carol, have three children and 11 grandchildren.

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